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Mum and Dad Glue

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Written in a continuous prose, the story feels like a real steam of consciousness, with all the worries spilling out of the child. The illustrations represent how he feels as if his whole word is breaking apart until he finds comfort in the fact that his parents love for him will never break. The illustration powerfully pairs with the text, as everything from buildings, lamp-posts and lunch boxes are broken in two. If you are concerned about the health and wellbeing of yourself or children in your care, you should always consult an appropriate healthcare professional.

It is important for him to look into the future and see that things will be okay and that they will always love him.The boy wonders if he is the reason why his parents no longer kiss and cuddle, but they reassure him that he’s not to blame. It would be a great recommendation to send home, or to read in a smaller, comfortable group, so that children feel they can ask questions, share their response and feelings and talk through these in a trusting environment.

This book is really important to share with children whose parents have or are in the process of splitting as well offering a sense of understanding to others. This book will be very relatable for many children and can spark great discussion with any aged child. However by removing the crack later in the story but still having the same whole page illustrations provides a key visual message that in time the situation does heal. Divorce can be one of the trickiest topics for children to understand and communicate their thoughts/feelings. His method for this isn't the usual response though: he looks for glue to stick his mum and dad together.Kes was voted by the Independent as one of the TOP TEN children's authors and he is the author of the award-winning Eat Your Peas and winner of the Red House Children's Book Award. Wonderful job on showing how a divorce will feel for a kid, like his world, like his everything is also broken apart. Beautiful book from a child’s perspective of handling divorce- really makes you think about how a child may see a divorce of parents.

The format of this book is: softback cover with matt finish, tiresias font of 75pt, and Grade 1 Braille. It offers a slightly different approach, but the core theme is exactly as you'd expect, and rightly so.Separation is incredibly common amongst parents so this book will be good to use in classrooms to explore it and develop an understanding of it. I also /loved/ the artistic concept that all the things around the child on each page were broken too. The illustrations in this book were also effective as they showed everything broken in half throughout the first half of the book where the main characters aim is to get his parents some glue to get back together. Told from the perspective of the boy allows the reader to step into his shoes and experience the emotions he is feeling and empathise with him. This was a beautiful, a bit humorous, but also sad book about a boy and his parents who are going to separate.

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